Should You Buy Beijing Jingkelong Company Limited (HKG:814) For Its Dividend?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Beijing Jingkelong Company Limited (HKG:814) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.7%. Does Beijing Jingkelong tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:814 Historical Dividend Yield, March 19th 2019
SEHK:814 Historical Dividend Yield, March 19th 2019

How well does Beijing Jingkelong fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 41% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 51% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 5.5%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to CN¥0.13 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Beijing Jingkelong fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Compared to its peers, Beijing Jingkelong generates a yield of 4.7%, which is high for Consumer Retailing stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If Beijing Jingkelong is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 814’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 814’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 814 worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 814 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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